The digital world is expanding spontaneously on the foundations laid by cloud computing which presents infinite applications and cases. Of the Fortune 50 enterprises, almost 48 officially announced plans moving to the cloud platform and it isn’t surprising.
Another research performed by Cisco predicted that cloud data storage by 2020 would reach 247 Exabyte; ten-times more than the count back in 2015. Adding to it are more than a billion consumers showing their interest in private cloud thereby bringing the total count to 2.3 billion approximately.
The infrastructure market
IT infrastructure spending for the deployment of the cloud model in 2017 doubled across the globe with the widened pursuit of off-premises or remote IT resources. Statistical research further concluded that Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is expected to reach US$ 57 billion by the end of 2020. Beneath the surface of this adoption rate is various reasons that can be categorized into Mode 1 and 2.
Mode 1 is concerned with gaining efficiencies and lowering the costs which are the basic reason for 30-percent enterprises using cloud resources. Whereas corporations that fall in Mode 2 discover new grounds and strive for quick implementation, flexibility, scalability, and agility in an effort to grasp market share. This is perhaps the reason for the declined spending on non-cloud and traditional IT infrastructure.
Hybrid becomes the standard deployment model
With enterprises moving from the typical IT towards the cloud platform, the adoption of both private and public cloud increases significantly. Another prediction is of a 68-percent workload would be managed on a public platform as compared to the 59-percent back in 2015.
Then there’s a strong determination of public cloud users to leverage hybrid strategy as they grab resources of the private platform. During a general study, more than 77-percent respondents opted for the private cloud in contrast with the 63-percent of 2016. As a result, the hybrid model eventually becomes the de-facto standard!
Cisco estimated cloud workload to grow between 26 and 30-percent until 2020 thereby reaching 440 million approximately in total. However, the entire paradigm shifts toward the radical elements and infrastructure are likely to become only a commodity by 2020. By then, the combined total cloud workload would account for only 17-percent down from the 26-percent in 2015. The focus has now shifted to a more complex and broad application landscape with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) expected to take a 74-percent workload by 2020.
DevOps & Containerisation
The rise of containers eclipsed DevOps in terms of market growth, however, expansion of both are closely coupled. The use of containers around the world is spreading like wildfire and across the many enterprises, becoming a norm. They offer just the right abstraction of encapsulating micro-services enabling small businesses and teams to gain agility, accelerate and deploy conveniently which radically transforms IT services of an enterprise. A market for container technology is likely to increase significantly by 2020, approximated at US$ 2.8 billion.
The adoption of Docket is the best and most prominent example of application containers that doubled back in 2016 and more throughout 2017. Altogether, DevOps now leverages by 74-percent and expected to reach 81-percent shortly. Configuration management also gained momentum across multiple enterprises and anticipated to grow even further.
The intonation of the “cloud-first” would become a default option for the CIOs as enterprises embrace digital solutions. However, the landscape’s likely to get more fragmented as workloads move up the stack and distribute among the many service providers per specification and customization. For the coming year, the primary focus would be on SaaS and projected 58-percent of all respondents. It’s closely followed by IaaS with 49-percent and 40-percent for PaaS.
Executing operations on a multi-cloud environment have already become the de-facto standard bearing 72-percent and the trend is likely to continue in the coming times. Unwillingness or simply not adapting to the cloud model would only raise issues with current infrastructure becoming obsolete as technologies advance.
Implementation of a robust model and the ability to manage as well as orchestrate a range of cloud ecosystem will eventually become pivotal to survive the diversified IT landscape.